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Pediatricians Look at Food and Nutrition

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a look at the nutrition value of organic and conventional food, and concluded that organic food isn’t safer or more nutritious than conventional food. 

In a clinical report issued Monday, the Academy said that “current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods, and there are no well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet.” 

The findings were similar to those reported in September in the Annals of Internal Medicine, published by the American College of Physicians. The authors of this review looked at some 240 different studies and reports, and concluded that “the published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” 

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The American Academy of Pediatrics report abstract

NBC News Vitals story on the Academy’s report

The Annals of Internal Medicine report abstract.

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